Ride the Magic Bus: A 1960s-Era San Francisco Tour

Price from: 55 $
Duration: 2 hours

On this fun-filled historical city tour, hop aboard the Magic Bus that will transport you to 1960s San Francisco. Become a part of the Beatnik generation, see Haight-Ashbury in the Summer of Love and visit San Francisco’s Chinatown, from which eastern philosophy spread in the 1960s. Discover the iconic neighborhoods as they are now with your own eyes, and see the past come alive with retractable projection screens that cover the windows, giving you a look back in time.

Board the brightly colored Magic Bus in central San Francisco and begin your journey through time as you are transported from Union Square to Chinatown, a culturally vibrant pocket of San Francisco that is home to the largest population of Chinese in America. Chinatown was a significant part of America’s exposure to Eastern philosophies in the 1960s and beyond.

Next, visit North Beach, where you will see the City Lights bookstore. City Lights was the epicenter of profound social change in San Francisco, where many famous Beat-generation poems were published and Beatniks like Jack Kerouac hung out.

Continue your Magic Ride and watch modern San Francisco blend with the past as you travel through the Financial District and up central Market Street en route to the crossroads of Haight and Ashbury streets - the home of the Summer of Love.

After you’ve experienced the famous Haight-Ashbury district through the bus’s windows of time-altered perception, your next destination is the lush gardens of Golden Gate Park, where you’ll stop at the Conservatory of Flowers. Hear how America's largest urban park hosted the Human Be-In event in 1967 and the first Earth Day in 1970. If the weather is nice, you may join a drum circle!

The '60s-era video, music and costumed staff of the Magic Bus will have you feeling present in the past as you are immersed in one of the United States’ most memorable cultural movements. It’s not just a sightseeing tour - it’s a trip!

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Golden Gate Park - Stunning.
Adrienne H , Springfield, Virginia, 2015-05-22
This is a huge park so definitely make sure you've got comfortable shoes on. And for sure, BRING YOUR CAMERA. You'll regret it if you don't. This is absolutely gorgeous. My boyfriend and I walked... read full review
Golden Gate Park - Huge Park
KristiB678 , Oklahoma, 2015-05-22
There are so many things to see in this park! We walked from the beach to several different areas inside the park! Definitely stop at the Japanese Gardens and the Art Museum. read full review
Golden Gate Park - Lovely!
Shannon K , Ontario, Canada, 2015-05-21
We drove around a bit, we missed most of the attractions but just enjoyed the peaceful beauty of the park and walked along the river. Would have loved to brought our bikes. read full review
Union Square - Cool area
Tunaidi , Baltimore, 2015-05-21
Cool area to walk around and shop. Lot's of stores of varying sizes and scales, including a huge Westgate and Macy's. Lot's of restaurants and dining options. Lot's of people and tourists. read full review
Union Square - Enjoy a drink to unwind
Rachel S , Melbourne, Australia, 2015-05-20
We had a lovely sunny afternoon here relaxing after a big day in San Fran. If in the area worth a visit to the café/bar to unwind in the sun for the day. read full review
Union Square - Under construction, but accessible
RiceWP , West Simsbury, Connecticut, 2015-05-17
We stayed at the Westin Hotel in Union Square and was able to walk around the area. There was lots of shopping in the area in the Square itself had many different artists displaying their artwork... read full review
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